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Dallas Mavericks: 4 things to clean up after Game 1 win vs. Clippers

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Thing Dallas Mavericks need to clean up after Game 1 win: 1. KP’s struggles

Kristaps Porzingis struggled in Game 1 as he finished with 14 points, four rebounds, and one block. KP was four of 13 from the field, but Dallas outscored the Clippers by 13 during his 36 minutes on the floor.

LA coach Tyronn Lue matched Kawhi Leonard on Porzingis. They put their best wing defender on 7’3 star. The goal was to force tough shots and neutralize the Unicorn’s threat on the perimeter. KP made two of his four field goals in the first 135 seconds of the game. He did not sink another shot until the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Dallas Mavericks are going to need more scoring from Kristaps Porzingis if they plan on upsetting the Clippers. The common thread of all of his makes was movement without the ball. KP had a backbreaking dunk in the final minute off a beautiful cut to the basket.

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Coach Rick Carlisle needs to get Kristaps Porzingis more involved going forward. The Clippers want to force the Mavs role players to beat them. KP must find open looks and convert for Dallas to complete the upset. It will be interesting to see what wrinkles Carlisle can come up with for the remainder of the series.

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The Dallas Mavericks won Game 1 and took control of the series, but it is far from over. Fans will not want to miss a moment of the action, so please tune in and enjoy.

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